I think it's the best Stephen King I've read in long time. Had no problem with the narrator. Yes some of the characters had irritating voices, but jeez, they were irritating characters. I also enjoyed the politics as I have a sister that lives in Maine and some of the characters seem to be pulled right out of her town. The down side to this was I got to a point where I just couldn't stop and got down right antisocial. Upside, I organized my closets while listening.
I have listened to ALOT of audiobooks. (might even have a problem :) I have to say this narrator is probably the best I've heard. It's a good book that looks to me like the beginning of a series. While it isn't great literature it's a ripping good yarn. But again - awesome narrator.
I am amazed that no one has mentioned the very obvious references in this story to Scientology. If you want a scary dystopian read with a villain that is part NSA, apple, google, amazon, Facebook and Scientology this is a fun/scary read. It does seem a bit juvenile, but I think that's part of the point - how the young and innocent can be manipulated by nefarious individuals that talk a good talk. I just hope no one at the Church of Scientology reads this - they may get ideas.
My two cents says don't worry about the time line skipping around. I began to listen full of trepidation because of the reviews that mentioned the moving time line. Because of those reviews, the beginning of the book was stressful for me because I was too worried about keeping track of people and getting lost. However, I discovered that it worked and the stories wove together like a piece of tapestry. Just relax, and let the story unfold and let Paris come to life. The only negative is that you'd better prepare to loose some time to this one as it is very hard to stop. You may find yourself making up excuses that require you to turn the book back on or miss a nights sleep.
I begrudgingly purchased this book at my sister's suggestion. I wasn't really interested in a fictional rehash of the Lacey Peterson murder. With complete astonishment I found myself reading an intelligent look at our society (warts and all) and Narcissism.
If you have ever known a Narcissist or suspect you have a friend living with one - this book is for you. As they say there are only a few stories and we just keep retelling them. This is the story of Narcissus and Echo and boy is it well told. You will not be able to guess the end - and if you know a Narcissus or an Echo you will think "I should have seen it coming." Completely unpredictable and yet completely predictable.
My hat is off to you Gillian Flynn this book is BRILLIANT.
A whacky witty read. Not for those with irony poor blood. The narration and performance were well suited to this story.
After reading so many reviews criticizing the narrator I hesitated to purchase this book. I love the Dresden novels and have only listened to them - for me Marsters is Harry Dresden. So with trepidation I began to listen and forgot that I was worried about the narrator. If it's true that there was a scheduling problem and no one was harmed in the taping of this audiobook I say let it go and enjoy Harry. It's a rippin good yarn performed well.
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